Includes bibliographical references (pages 222-228) and index
The Crisis of the Monarchy : The Renaissance monarchy -- Social and intellectual changes -- The Spread of Protestantism -- The Wars of religion : the first conflicts, 1560-3 -- The Second war and the Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Day -- Henri III and the Catholic League -- Henri IV and the victory of the politiques -- Economy and society : Population and subsistence crises -- Landholding, prices, and agrarian depression -- Money, wages, and living standards -- The Local community, the landlords, and the state -- Industry, towns, and urban ielites -- Social divisions : orders and classes -- The Nobility in society -- Royal fiscality and its consequences -- Attempts at economic management
The Government of France, 1598-1715 -- Henri IV to Richelieu, 1598-1624 : Religion and foreign policy under Henri IV -- The Restoration of royal authority -- Regency and the ascendancy of Marie de Medici -- Luymes, the German conflict, and the Protestants -- The Ministry of Richelieu : the early years, 1624-30 -- Opposition and the "day of dupes" -- The Road to war, 1630-42 -- Noble conspiracy and rebelion -- Resistance to war finance ; the popular revolts -- The Administrative revolution : the intendants
The Regency, the Fronde, and the ministry of Cardinal Mazarin : Foreign success and internal problems 1643-8 -- The Crisis of 1648 -- Slide into anarchy : the Fronde of the nobles -- Mazarin and the last years of war -- The Personal rule of Louis XIV : The Confirmation of royal power -- The Pursuit of glory ; Louis XIV and his neighbours -- The Costs of war : finance and government -- The Growth of religious and political opposition -- Belief and culture : The Structure of the Church -- The Formative decades of the Catholic reform -- The training of the secular clergy -- The Priests and the people -- The Jansenist quarrel -- Scepticism and censorship -- Patterns of popular literacy, crime, and marriage -- Witchcraft
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